Meet our Lecturers - Neil Harrap

TWI’s Advanced NDT Lecturer and Examiner, Neil Harrap has a wealth of experience behind him, having worked for industry, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Air Force.

Neil joined the Royal Air Force in 1976 as an aircraft mechanic and progressed to airframe fitter in 1980, which is when he first became involved in NDT and in 1990 moved to full-time NDT duties supporting operations in the UK and worldwide as field operative, team manager, trainer and radiographic specialist.

The training and career development of candidates has always been something that Neil has cared about. As a result, he has focussed on continually improving the customer journey and the delivery of courses, which includes Neil having overseen the introduction of eLearning to TWI’s suite of training options.

This then led to Neil being appointed as eLearning Product Manager as well as Product Manager for NDT Apprenticeships.

Having undertaken an apprenticeship of sorts with the armed forces, Neil can see the value of this type of work-based learning and experience for candidates, while also understanding the benefits of in-house training for business.

However, training is not the only aspect of TWI’s work that Neil is involved in, as he is also a Principal Project Leader and NDT Business Development Manager. This area of his work sees him assist both UK and overseas regions in building and supporting their business, including presenting at international conferences and technical days.

One particular highlight is the progress Neil has made with advanced NDT training in Canada, while he has also been investigating the possibilities for TWI to expand our offering in South Africa.

While he has travelled around the world to represent TWI, Neil’s passion remains with investigating issues and finding solutions. A thirst for technology and advanced techniques has allowed Neil to rise to challenges and help develop processes and techniques for the future.

While Neil is currently looking into the introduction of artificial intelligence for NDT analysis, his drive continues to be in sharing knowledge and advancing the next generation of NDT experts and processes.

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